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by jmcooper
February 2nd, 2010, 5:14 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Dreamtraveler Query: Covenant (YA Fantasy)
Replies: 17
Views: 3646

Re: Dreamtraveler Query: Covenant (YA Fantasy)

Do you know my father? Sorry...couldn't help myself. I would NEVER direct a query letter in that manner. It. Was. A. Joke. Just as the parenthesis states...
by jmcooper
February 2nd, 2010, 3:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Creating Characters
Replies: 9
Views: 1763

Re: Creating Characters

For me, characters drive the story--whether I'm reading or writing. If I don't find the voice of the very first person I meet interesting, I have a hard time getting through the book. This issue with this (for me) is that I'm hooked on reading and writing YA. I have found that in a lot of younger YA...
by jmcooper
February 2nd, 2010, 3:00 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Editors
Replies: 9
Views: 2200

Re: Editors

Thank you for your opinion. Interesting, the different perspectives we all come from. I am (fairly) confident in my mss. After I got her feedback, I did trim it back a bit, but mostly it was to force the ms to fit the regulations for the Delacorte YA contest. (which I'm still awaiting rejection....h...
by jmcooper
February 1st, 2010, 7:22 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Time Tourism again, just when you thought it was over
Replies: 57
Views: 8248

Re: Query Time Tourism Revised Again

Query letters are exhausting aren't they!? I love to rewrite my chapters, but make me edit a query and I want to throw it in the fireplace. It's so frustrating. It's the one time I'd rather talk about my books. And that's unheard of. :-)
by jmcooper
February 1st, 2010, 6:47 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Dreamtraveler Query: Covenant (YA Fantasy)
Replies: 17
Views: 3646

Re: Dreamtraveler Query: Covenant (YA Fantasy)

Thanks guys! Oh-and yes on the giant paragraph--it was just a copy/paste jobber--I wasn't thinking about format. And I am definitely going to think up better descriptions for the horrible humans. Destructive and deceptive ARE overused. The history is that Humans and Cruinaislians once lived all toge...
by jmcooper
February 1st, 2010, 4:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Creating Characters
Replies: 9
Views: 1763

Creating Characters

With many of my stories, the character comes first. I tend to develop this little voice and he/she turns into someone interesting and I begin an character analysis--little blurbs of info--that eventually I fit in somewhere. The stories that work, however, also have an element of "what if" so that th...
by jmcooper
February 1st, 2010, 4:36 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Editors
Replies: 9
Views: 2200

Re: Editors

I love puppies and rainbows! ;-)
by jmcooper
February 1st, 2010, 4:34 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query - The Butterfly Key- revision now on page 6
Replies: 56
Views: 7329

Re: Query -- The Butterfly Key -- 1st revision

I think you can just take out "wrongly" without any need for a substitute, actually. The sentence reads fine without the adverb. :-)
by jmcooper
February 1st, 2010, 11:21 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Dreamtraveler Query: Covenant (YA Fantasy)
Replies: 17
Views: 3646

Re: Dreamtraveler Query: Covenant (YA Fantasy)

Dreamtraveler is your little brothers screen name? Funny!
by jmcooper
February 1st, 2010, 9:23 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Editors
Replies: 9
Views: 2200

Re: Editors

All right, all right! Jeesh, you people are relentless! Let me take my naivety elsewhere! LoL. Seriously--I totally agree with all of what you said. But can I truly trust family/friends even when they are editors? Sometimes I feel like I want a third party who doesn't already care about me. I don't ...
by jmcooper
February 1st, 2010, 9:07 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query - The Butterfly Key- revision now on page 6
Replies: 56
Views: 7329

Re: Query -- The Butterfly Key -- 1st revision

Interesting! I love the title and the story-within-the-story idea. Upon first read, however, I didn't catch on immediately that it was a story-within-the-story. However, that very well could be my dense, not-enough-coffee-yet brain. Also, while none of the Christian/God discussion bothers or offends...
by jmcooper
February 1st, 2010, 8:56 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Dreamtraveler Query: Covenant (YA Fantasy)
Replies: 17
Views: 3646

Re: Dreamtraveler Query: Covenant (YA Fantasy)

Okay, here's some specifics. I took liberties with writing a long paragraph because I will not have anything else to include in a query as I don't have any "credits" to my name. (other than a few goofy contests) So, I know this is long, but here goes: This is for the book COVENANT: Liora, a young, i...
by jmcooper
January 28th, 2010, 12:05 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: The iPad
Replies: 32
Views: 10481

Re: The iPad

It's pretty friggen awesome as suspected. I'd use that thing more than my laptop. But I am one of the millions of people who sure as heck doesn't have an extra $500 to spend on it. :-(
by jmcooper
January 27th, 2010, 12:23 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Dreamtraveler Query: Covenant (YA Fantasy)
Replies: 17
Views: 3646

Re: Dreamtraveler Query: Covenant (YA Fantasy)

Here's an early paragraph from one of my very first queries. This actually got me a request for a full ms, but I also had met the agent in person, which I believe gave me a huge advantage. See what you think: (BTW--I no longer use rhetorical questions, but I let it be since this was how I originally...
by jmcooper
January 27th, 2010, 10:56 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Dreamtraveler Query: Covenant (YA Fantasy)
Replies: 17
Views: 3646

Re: Dreamtraveler Query: Covenant (YA Fantasy)

Thanks for all the great tips! I find queries to be the most annoying task on the planet. I can never balance how much or how little to say. And the advice out there--in internet-land--is quite conflicting. I'm going to post one more for a different book in the series, because originally there was o...